Rainbows4children are delighted that the world-renowned concert pianist and Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Rustem Hayroudinoff, has been named as the first Goodwill Ambassador for Rainbows4children.

Please take a look at his website here 

A documentary film featuring Rustem is available at the maxVmax photography website

Thank you to the Bullens Heimann & Friends Foundation. On behalf of the students at the Nicolas Robinson Education Projects we are delighted to receive this wonderful gift. Many thanks to everyone who attended the dinner dance in Zug in October 2018 and the generous event sponsors. These funds are designated to provide computer software training in the Nicolas Youth & Adult Learning Project, and to fully equip the computer laboratory. Many businesses in Ethiopia need competent young people who can use the computers effectively, so this should provide great work opportunities and new skills to add to the cv.  The next dinner dance will be held at Zug Casino on Saturday 26th October and we hope many more will join and support the projects.


We take clean drinking water for granted. Even in a city like Mekele supply is a big problem. Many thanks to Aqua Pura who donated a simple water purifier so that we can clean collected rain water and give our students clean drinking water when the municipal supply is cut off. This is a very regular occurence.

Here is a link to their blog (German only)


To all our supporters, if you ever shop at amazon.co.uk, please ensure you sign through amazon smile and choose Rainbows4children (UK) Trust as our charity of choice. Amazon donate 0.5% of the net purchase price directly to our UK registered charity. This quickly adds up. Please help, it is easy to do!


Thank you for helping us raise more than SFr 70,000 in May 2019!


Thank you also for all our volunteers, walkers and participants and the evening BBQ.

We will let you know how the final result of the fundraiser over the next weeks.

If you couldn’t attend the event but would like to donate, please do. Here is the link to payment information.

Photos of the walk and the evening celebration

For those that bought raffle tickets for the star prizes, the winning numbers were:

1: 227

2: 153

3: 315

4: 379

Many thanks to all our generous sponsors and to all of you who participated in the raffle, contributing SFr 8,000 to the total event result!


We have had a busy few months at the Nicolas Robinson School and so we are sharing our updates between a few short messages.

This message is focussing on the science activities at the school and how these activities and other mind​-broadening activities have enabled our students to have opportunities they would never have expected.

Thanks to the generosity of the small UK charity, Yellobric, and the ever enthusiastic manager, Gavin, we have not only distributed Nook e-readers to enable the students to read more widely and study the school curriculum on the readers, but also, he has found supporters to set up a race between 6 schools in the UK, Ethiopia and South Africa to launch a helium balloon, track it and take weather readings. The students worked in small teams and had to calculate the payload of the balloon to allow the balloon to get to the right altitude, land in a spot where it could be found and then track it and find it. The schools also collaborated in learning about each other and designing logos and mascots for each other. Many disciplines were involved. We were there for the balloon launch in June. Thank you, Gavin.

The day before the parents day, our senior science students​,​ and also members of the science clubs from grade 7 upwards, prepared experiments and designed projects. They were proudly able to explain these to the hundreds of visitors who came during the Saturday open day​. In the evening, we even had a visit of some senior government ministers and representatives of Ethiopia’s Investment Commission. Such is the dedication of our teachers and students, many of them stayed until 7pm at night in order to present their work. The​y were at school again in the morning before 7am, preparing for the graduation ceremony!

We have found many special talents amongst our students as a result of this work, and many of them will have opportunities in the future. However, this year we are especially proud to announce that Feven had the opportunity to apply for United World College and has won a scholarship for full fees and travel to study for her IB in Thailand. She is a pioneer for the Nicolas Robinson School, and we hope many other students will get a chance to follow in her footsteps in the future. Feven is passionate about science, active in the clubs​,​ and did a lot of computer programming of the raspberry pi for the space race. She wants to study medicine one day and help people in her home country. We wish her every success in her IB studies and we hope she can go on to study med​i​cine in a top university​ in a couple of years from now​.

Please enjoy the video which you can watch by following this link:


Our very best wishes

Kathryn and Max

We are currently in Mekele together with many visiting volunteers who have spent the past 1-2 weeks with us at the school, and will soon be leaving to spend Christmas at home.

Here in Ethiopia, Christmas is celebrated on 7th January and from 22nd December this year to 6th January 2018, the school will be welcoming two volunteers from the PUM organisation in the Netherlands. They are returning to the school to teach cooking and catering skills to students in our vocational training unit and are giving up their family time as well as the Christmas celebration at home to help these students gain future employment. We will post more from their visit after the New Year on Facebook and Twitter; meanwhile we thank them very much indeed for their dedication.

It has been a busy and successful year for students and staff alike at the Nicolas School and we particularly would like to credit the dedication and hard work of our school staff as they all work together to give the 1,400 students at the Nicolas Robinson School the very best possible start in life.

We would also like to thank the many volunteers who have been to the school during 2017. A few of them can be seen engaged in training activities in the latest video update (the link is at the end of this letter) –  many others have been thanked in previous newsletters. Our staff really appreciate the special effort made by our visitors and they love to meet people from a different country and culture and to learn from them and share ideas. It is also a great opportunity for many of our visitors to meet the children whom they sponsor.

As we seek to discover the talent in every child we are keen to encourage music, art and sport in addition to the academic curriculum. This year for the first time, we are running a social science stream as well as natural science for grades 11 and 12. Those of you who have skills in marketing, music, sport, economics, history or geography are very welcome to contribute – please email us if you would like to get involved.

Our technical training project continues to run very nicely and our first trainees are now employed in local hotels, having followed our hotel & catering training program. We have good management support for this program from the leading hotel in Mekele (Planet Hotel) which has also provided experienced staff to train our students. There are many new industrial and commercial companies starting up in and around Mekele and we are now searching for the next partnership for our vocational training program.

We are always looking to improve the school’s materials, especially learning materials and as you open your Christmas presents, upgrade your i-Pads or phones, or your children move to more sophisticated learning games, please think of the school and let us know if you have second-hand items in good condition that we could take to the school and share with the students and staff.

Here is the link to our end-of-year video update:-


Together with all the staff and students at the Nicolas Robinson School in Mekele, Ethiopia, we wish you and your families all the very best for this festive season.

Kathryn and Max

We hope you are all well and enjoying a lovely summer.

This time of year is always very special at the Nicolas Robinson School as we celebrate the end of another school year and the graduation of many of our students.

This year our kindergarten class dressed up in their gowns to graduate to primary school. Meanwhile, grade 12 students, who have just completed their national exams, looked very elegant young adults as they received their certificates. They will learn their final scores and their placements (university and subject) during September. We are very grateful to the Zurich International School which kindly provided these graduation gowns used by their past students and they are now used and re-used for each graduation ceremony at the Nicolas Robinson School.

Our students put on an excellent show of drama, singing and dancing, and the kindergarten children treated us to their own version of “Ethiopia’s got Talent” which was superb and had all of the audience laughing and set the happy mood of the day.

The graduation ceremony started with a rendition of the Ethiopian national anthem with recorders and a smart, well-presented march all done by our new Scout troop (boys and girls).

If anyone is in the scout movement and would like to partner and support our new club at the school, please do let us know by writing to us at info@rainbows4children.org

The day before graduation, many of the older students demonstrated their skills in IT, science, and art. They presented their work to parents and visitors in English and in Tigrinia with confidence and we were very proud of them all.

There is such a lot going on at this time of year at the School, we will send out another update, later in the year with more news.

In the meantime we thank you for the great support and wish you a wonderful summer.

Please click on this link to see the latest video in which you will hear about an innovative program to engage parents in the school’s education program as well as an impressive graduation speech by one of our 12th grade students.

Many thanks to George Potts who raised £17,000 and reached the South Pole in December 2017

He traversed 111km of terrain in Antarctica (or “one degree” of the Earth’s surface) this Christmas. He set off from Punta Arenas on the Southern tip of Chile on the 18th of December and arrived at the Geographic South Pole on the 28th of December.

He pulled a sled laden with 40kg of supplies and camping equipment for 9 hours a day in temperatures averaging -25C/-13F (which wind chill takes nearer -50C/-58F). He will be doing so at an elevation of 10,000 ft. above sea level, which physiologically feels like 11,000ft due to atmospheric pressure at the poles.


All this for the children of Mekele, and thanks to your generosity he raised £17,000



Thinking of volunteering? Trying to imagine the experience? One of our volunteers has kindly set up a blog, sharing her experience and that of other volunteers. Volunteers at the Nicolas School are invited to contribute and you can read more and learn from some personal experiences here

Bolton Junior Girls school raised more than £800 in February! They had great fun dressing up as rainbows. They also drew a rainbow in chalk in the playground and filled it with pennies! Many thanks indeed to the girls and staff for a creative idea!

It was a lovely way to raise funds! Fun and creative!




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